Expertise

Dr. Johnson’s laboratory investigates the pathogenesis of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection of domestic cats. FIV is a lentivirus that resembles HIV in virion structure and virus-host interaction. Members of the laboratory investigate issues relevant to pediatric HIV infection, including the influence of fetal infection on the ontogeny of the immune system, the role of the thymus in pediatric AIDS pathogenesis, and the development of novel therapeutic strategies to enhance thymus function. Clinical research interests include immunopathology, infectious diseases, and lymphoma.

Past Affiliations

Associate Chairman, Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, UF Health Science Center, Gainesville, University of Florida (past)

Associate Professor, Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, UF Health Science Center, Gainesville, University of Florida (past)

Assistant Professor, Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, UF Health Science Center, Gainesville, University of Florida (past)

Department Head, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University

Communities
Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medicine
Degrees
PhD, North Carolina State University, Veterinary Medical Science / Biotechnology, 1992
DVM, Auburn University, Veterinary Medicine, 1986
BS, Auburn University, Agricultural Science, 1983
Keywords
animal diseases or pathology veterinary medicine feline diseases or pathology animal models immune system aids aids (perinatal or pediatric) human immunodeficiency virus--hiv gene therapy pathology molecular pathology pathobiology
Honors

C.E. Cornelius Young Investigator Award, College of Veterinary Medicine (University of Florida), 1999

Young Achievers Award, College of Veterinary Medicine (Auburn University), 1996

Associations
Alabama Veterinary Medical Association
American College of Veterinary Pathologists
American Society for Investigative Pathology
American Veterinary Medical Association
Centennial Club, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine